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J. Chambers

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Steering engine on the Icebreaker 'Sankt Erik'

John Chambers Ltd of Lowestoft

1922 Shipbuilders & Engineers, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

1918 – Built wood steam drifter “Astral” at Lowestoft, 100 tons. In 1921 the Navy sold it to The Kingston Trawling Co Ltd but unfortunately it sank later that year. .[1]

1920 – Built steel steamer Emilia / Emlynton at Oulton Broad, 700 tons. Sank off Portugal in 1922 .[2]

1921 - Built steam coaster “Portlaurie”, 700 tons. In 1931 bought by the Bristol Sand & Gravel as the “Polmanter” and used as a stone and cement carrier until 1933 when she was sold.[3]

A set of John Chambers Ltd steam steering gear can be seen in the Swedish Icebreaker 'Sankt Erik' based in Stockholm.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Lloyd's Register Archive Collections LRF/PUN/WR AS-AY 1919-1940
  2. Lloyd's Register Archive Collections LRF/PUN/WR EL-ES 1920-1936.
  3. A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel Volume One: The English Coast, By Peter Gosso.